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Santonio on Pats defense: “The numbers speak for themselves”

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Rex Ryan has taken a relatively laid back approach publicly to this week’s Patriots-Jets game.  With so much to worry about on his own team, he doesn’t seem eager to poke the Foxborough bear.

His wide receivers aren’t taking the same approach.

Santonio Holmes on the Patriots defense: “The numbers speak for themselves about how well they’re not playing.”

No argument there.  Plaxico Burress also brought up some old painful memories for the Patriots defense when asked about his game-winning touchdown against them in the Super Bowl.

“They had single covered me maybe a handful of times that whole game,” Burress said. “For them to give me that coverage with that on the line, I didn’t think they would, but thank you.”

That comment led Ian Rapoport to track down Ellis Hobbs, who gave up the score.  Hobbs says he can sleep at night and explains why.

The Burress angle is a fun one for media and fans, but ultimately it’s far in the past.  Holmes’ words are about this Patriots team.

That’s why we suspect Bill Belichick will play up Holmes’ words privately to his team leading up to the game.

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68 Responses to “Santonio on Pats defense: “The numbers speak for themselves””
  1. ButkisMyDick says: Oct 6, 2011 9:45 AM

    Hasn’t he heard Belichick’s favorite quote? “Stats are for losers, winning is for winners”. Last time I checked even with our weak defense we’re 3-1 and with the Jets good defense you’re lucky to be 2-2. The Patriots defense gives up a lot of yards but they get the job done!

  2. cakemixa says: Oct 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    Hope Plax isn’t shooting himself in the foot by speaking like this before the game…

  3. sj39 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:51 AM

    Not really a fan of either team but I do think guys like Rex a great for football. Please Jets, beat the stuffing out of the Pats this Sunday to shut up the most arrogant fans in the game.

  4. TheDPR says: Oct 6, 2011 9:51 AM

    Mark Sanchez is no Eli Manning. The Patriots pass D is a kind of bend-and-hope-you-don’t-break sort of thing right now but they have a couple big playmakers out there, too. If the Jets hurt the Patriots it is more likely to be on the ground.

  5. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 6, 2011 9:52 AM

    “That’s why we suspect Bill Belichick will play up Holmes’ words privately to his team leading up to the game.”

    ——————————————————–

    I don’t believe Billy boy will do anything petty like that in order to help his team win the game.

    I think he’ll just rely on his video tapes, as usual…

  6. colonelcamp says: Oct 6, 2011 9:54 AM

    This is going to be a shoot out, I think. Final score 35-28, and as much as it pains me, Pats will win.

  7. S says: Oct 6, 2011 9:56 AM

    There’s no question that the Patriots D stinks right now… The real question is does the Jets offense stink more?

  8. carlnova says: Oct 6, 2011 9:56 AM

    he’s right. that defense is pathetic. “The Genius” no more

  9. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    Your numbers speak for itself, Santonio. So glad we traded this loser. We’re talking about the same guy who hit a woman in the face with a mug because she wouldn’t move from his seat.

  10. supashug says: Oct 6, 2011 9:58 AM

    why are the worst teams in the NFL talking the most, Jets Eagles, seriously STFU. Its no cooincidence that they talk all week then get their asses kicked. Brady by 14 and I hate the Pats

  11. bo1210 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:00 AM

    What a coincidence…so do YOUR numbers, Holmes.

  12. bigshirk says: Oct 6, 2011 10:04 AM

    Plaxico should stop talking about the 1 highlight of his career

  13. dmc1542 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:04 AM

    You’re right Santonio, the numbers don’t lie.

    Pats- 3-1

    Jets- 2-2 (would be 1-3 if Romo didn’t poop his pants week one)

  14. edgerules says: Oct 6, 2011 10:05 AM

    Doesn’t sound like Burress learned a darned thing. Has the same attitude that got him in trouble with the Steelers, and the Giants. I am not surprised about Holmes’ attitude either.

  15. dmc1542 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:05 AM

    Not a big difference, just saying there is only one stat that matters.

  16. n0hopeleft says: Oct 6, 2011 10:06 AM

    and your record speaks for itself.

    where would the Jets be if Tony didn’t HAND you a week 1 win?

  17. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 6, 2011 10:07 AM

    Cheddar Bob Burress shouldn’t be allowed to speak with the media. So glad this loser isn’t a Steeler.

  18. phillypatsfan says: Oct 6, 2011 10:09 AM

    Think Santonio realizes that the same can be said about the Jets’ offense?

  19. jnbnet says: Oct 6, 2011 10:09 AM

    The Patriots should just mail it in. Give the jets the win. Why should they bother? We all know the jets are going to win the Superbowl….at least that’s what weve been hearing.

  20. chas88 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:10 AM

    Keep talking Jets’ players. I like the even bigger amount of motivation you’re feeding the Pats.

  21. hoite says: Oct 6, 2011 10:12 AM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Oct 6, 2011 10:07 AM
    Cheddar Bob Burress shouldn’t be allowed to speak with the media. So glad this loser isn’t a Steeler.

    __________________________________

    Yea…cause the Steelers are LOADED with high class guys.

  22. nflhof says: Oct 6, 2011 10:15 AM

    Sanchez is no Eli Manning….that’s funny.

  23. jimyritz says: Oct 6, 2011 10:19 AM

    The Jets D has been nothing to write home about and there offense isn’t much better…

    So keep talkin….

    Nothing like two guys who have both been suspended by the league yapping…

  24. S says: Oct 6, 2011 10:21 AM

    chas88 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:10 AM

    Keep talking Jets’ players. I like the even bigger amount of motivation you’re feeding the Pats.
    ——

    Any comments the Jets players make pale in comparison to the motivation that last year’s playoff loss should provide.

  25. nebster21 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    Santonia what do the numbers say about Mark Sanchize?

  26. jnbnet says: Oct 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 6, 2011 9:52 AM
    “That’s why we suspect Bill Belichick will play up Holmes’ words privately to his team leading up to the game.”

    ——————————————————–

    I don’t believe Billy boy will do anything petty like that in order to help his team win the game.

    I think he’ll just rely on his video tapes, as usual…

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Is that all you got….bring up some lame tape comment? Paaaleeez

  27. baltimorons says: Oct 6, 2011 10:25 AM

    Is Santonio smoking the ganja again??? Numbers are speaking to him?!?! He must have got some of that really good jamaican hooch.

  28. klunge says: Oct 6, 2011 10:26 AM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Oct 6, 2011 10:07 AM
    Cheddar Bob Burress shouldn’t be allowed to speak with the media. So glad this loser isn’t a Steeler.
    ———————————————–
    Well, there’s only room on their roster for 53 losers, guess he’s the odd man out.

  29. richm2256 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    I don’t exactly see Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress having Pro Bowl type seasons at 2-2.

    Might want to get your own house in order before you start criticizing a team with a better record than yours.

  30. myspaceyourface says: Oct 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    I wish there was a way both teams could lose.

  31. pats12to83 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:29 AM

    Pats D should be scared with such a high power offense. What did they score, like 3 points sunday night. The numbers do speak for themselves, Jets offense is worse than Pats D. These Jets are all idiots

  32. willyalistentothis says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    And your numbers speak for themselves as well Santonio.

  33. richm2256 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    S says:
    There’s no question that the Patriots D stinks right now… The real question is does the Jets offense stink more?
    —————————————————————
    Spot on!!!!!

    This game hinges on Brady beating the Yets defense better than Sanchez beating the Patriot defense.

  34. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    @chas88

    Lmfao that’s exactly what all the Pats fans were saying in january too, they had all the motivation in the world to run us over, and couldn’t. Don’t play up the BS “bulletin board material” line. Both teams are ready to come out 110% and beat each other up, no words required.

  35. steelerfan999 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    SANTONIO MUST BE WAKING AND BAKING AGAIN.

  36. neilpountney says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    Holmes is right stats do speak volumes. The Patriots defense sucks.

    Now lets examine the performance so far of this star number 1 WR on the Jets… oh he’s averaging 40 yards a game… stellar!!!

  37. whitemike55 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    As a Texans fan, I hate the Jets.

    How about Santonio Holmes start producing before he runs his mouth. Didn’t he just get paid big $$$

    13 catches, 164, 1 TD. in 4 games is TERRIBLE.

    Thats just over 3 catches a game for 41 yards. Hell our Texans fullback James Casey has more than that.

    Bout to cut his A$$ from my fantasy team.

  38. mumakata says: Oct 6, 2011 10:45 AM

    Jets won’t win a game in October. All talk, no action. Just like their coach.

  39. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:50 AM

    NY Jets: keep talking.

    SHOTTY MUST GO!!! SHOTTY MUST GO!!!

  40. mswravens says: Oct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    The Patriots defense isnt very good…but the Jets TEAM isn’t very good. So while Santonio may be right, he might want to spend more time worrying about his own squad than the Patriots, IMHO…

  41. freewayjim says: Oct 6, 2011 10:59 AM

    It just wouldn’t be Patriots-Jets week without some sort of garble coming out of New York.

  42. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    jnbnet says:Oct 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 6, 2011 9:52 AM
    “That’s why we suspect Bill Belichick will play up Holmes’ words privately to his team leading up to the game.”

    ——————————————————–

    I don’t believe Billy boy will do anything petty like that in order to help his team win the game.

    I think he’ll just rely on his video tapes, as usual…

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Is that all you got….bring up some lame tape comment? Paaaleeez

    ————————————————–

    The classics never die…

  43. habsman says: Oct 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    Well at least he’s not crapping on his O-line, his OC, or his QB.

    After four games he’s only 27 catches and 7 TD’s behind Welker. But he’s leading in assaults on women. Sanstonio Holms and the Jets, a marriage made in heaven.

  44. patsfiend says: Oct 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    I’m pretty sure the 45-3 Monday Night Drubbing and years of finishing #2 is enough motivation for the Jets.

    I’m also pretty sure the playoff loss, featuring the film of this idiot Holmes and Braylon Edwards doing their “Jet” dance standing on the bench and taunting fans… is gonna be enough motivation for the Pats.

    Hell, it’s motivating me right now. I’m going to go flog the monkey. Dammit.

  45. CKL says: Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    GR or MF…you guys are NBC now go ask Rodney what happened on that call that play that resulted in the TD to Plax. Dan Patrick had an interesting story he says Rodney told him about it. I’m not sure it’s true so I won’t repeat it here.

    I guess nothing , not even having a 500 record, humbles these Jets. Comartie was yapping too, reiterating his comments about Brady. They have sooooo many dish it can’t take it guys…it’s hilarious.

  46. 6ball says: Oct 6, 2011 11:17 AM

    .

    The Patriots defense is a combination of very young players added with a contingent of veteran free agents, playing new schemes without the benefit of a full camp. I’m not surprised they’ve struggled a bit.

    However, it’s only week 5. The real question is what brand of defense will this group be playing in week 12.

    Additionally, all statistics at the quarter pole are relatively meaningless.

    .

  47. geniusfan says: Oct 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    Honestly who cares? These comments will have no bearing on the outcome of the game.

    The team that plays best on Sunday will win and its my belief that the Patriots will play much better.

  48. jakek2 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:52 AM

    I wonder if the Jets will still talk once they’re 3-5.

  49. 2sausage11 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:05 PM

    Even Rex knew better than to run his mouth this week because his JETS are crashing this year

  50. nesuperfan says: Oct 6, 2011 12:06 PM

    Through four games, do you want to know how much better the Jets’ defense is than than the Patriots’ defense is: 3 points.

    Points allowed:
    NE: 98
    NYJ: 95

    And we know who has the better offense.

  51. esposito35 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:14 PM

    Hey Sans…your numbers speak for themself

  52. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 6, 2011 12:25 PM

    A 6’5″ WR in single coverage against an overrated 5’9″ corner… in the red zone… with the Super Bowl on the line.

    Yup, that’ll piss me off every time I think about it until the end of time.

  53. inbillwetrust says: Oct 6, 2011 12:30 PM

    too bad it wasnt bi accidently his face in the night club

  54. cspades99 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:39 PM

    Wouldn’t the same “the numbers speak for themselves” logic apply to the Jets pathetic offense?

  55. rushmatic says: Oct 6, 2011 1:00 PM

    Pats D might give up a lot of yards, but they sure do know how to win games.

    I’d take that over a “good” Jets defense that is lucky to be 2 – 2.

  56. mistrezzrachael says: Oct 6, 2011 1:00 PM

    You are not a jet…or a jet fan….UNLESS You have a Big Mouth, love to brag [ about what i do not know]….OR daily do or say something to attract attention to yourself.

    Think we ALL feel this season is the beginning of the end for the jets….and history backs that up.

    Rexys act getting old, stale…and dumb when losing..Sanchez has happy feet, makes very poor reads..O line sucks w/o Mangold [ they should try his sister there]…and now w/Thomas gone LB’s weak.

    So enjoy your Happy 43’rd anniversary this season jets…and their parasite fans.

  57. rushmatic says: Oct 6, 2011 1:05 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    I don’t believe Billy boy will do anything petty like that in order to help his team win the game.

    I think he’ll just rely on his video tapes, as usual…

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Is that all you got….bring up some lame tape comment? Paaaleeez

    ————————————————–

    The classics never die…

    _____________________

    I wouldn’t exactly consider an exaggerated un-truth to be “classic”, but hey, you hate that which you fear. I get it.

  58. kate773 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:14 PM

    CKL says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM
    GR or MF…you guys are NBC now go ask Rodney what happened on that call that play that resulted in the TD to Plax. Dan Patrick had an interesting story he says Rodney told him about it. I’m not sure it’s true so I won’t repeat it here.

    _________________________

    You could have easily said this in a private email instead of dangling this carrot in front of everyone.

  59. tommybrady says: Oct 6, 2011 1:15 PM

    Santonio. How many pots have you smoked? Yes the pats d gave up 500 or so yards to Oakland. But they gave up 13 pts. Oak got a garbage time td so count it If you want. Whatever.
    Either way. He’s an idiot. Every time these teams play someone on the jets has to make an ignorant useless comment to feel better abt themselves.
    Whatever. Let the game be played. If the jets can confuse tommy like a few times they have in the past it will be a game. If they can’t confuse him then watch out. The last thing the great offense wants in new York is a shootout.
    You know santonio and plax and cromartie and all those other ignorant people on that team smoke blunts all day and talk about how Good they are.
    Useless pathetic athletes. Go lift a weight!

  60. benbreeg666 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    sj39 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 9:51 AM
    Not really a fan of either team but I do think guys like Rex a great for football. Please Jets, beat the stuffing out of the Pats this Sunday to shut up the most arrogant fans in the game.
    ________________________________

    Wow, ‘sj’, kinda sounds like your a JETS fan.

    and thanks for the bullitin board material, Santonio. I don’t think it makes much of a difference but it can’t hurt.

    Seriously, the JETS have one of the best defense’s in the league, an outstanding, foot (oops) fun loving coach and a great young QB (for the most part, I mean that) and the WR’s are top notch.

    Guess the JETS win, but I’ll probably watch it anyway.

  61. ytsejamer1 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:36 PM

    I think he’s spot on…our defense is what the numbers say it is. BB should worry about coaching that defense to get better, not putting bulletin board material up on the wall.

    As for Plax, he was asked about the SB…and his answers were fairly thoughtful and didn’t come off as anything but. *shrugs*

  62. loryann13 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:30 PM

    I hope the Pats get a victory against the Jets so they can stop running their mouths like always how they are the better team like they always do. And about the tapes every team sees tapes get over it!

  63. j0esixpack says: Oct 6, 2011 3:56 PM

    Thanks for the bulletin board material.

    Any other Jets want to help further motivate the Pats?

  64. faulkana says: Oct 6, 2011 5:15 PM

    Keep talking little Jets.
    Even if you can rack up 500 yards on the Pats, can you score 40 points?
    You’ll need every one of them.

  65. bozosforall says: Oct 6, 2011 5:20 PM

    CKL says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM
    GR or MF…you guys are NBC now go ask Rodney what happened on that call that play that resulted in the TD to Plax. Dan Patrick had an interesting story he says Rodney told him about it. I’m not sure it’s true so I won’t repeat it here.

    I guess nothing , not even having a 500 record, humbles these Jets. Comartie was yapping too, reiterating his comments about Brady. They have sooooo many dish it can’t take it guys…it’s hilarious.

    ___
    “Dish it, can’t take it” guys? Sounds like the entire New England sports fan base. Been that way for the entirety of sports history in America. Just look at all of the whiny Pats fan tittybabies on any of the Pats articles. Thumbs down if you are whiny Pats fan. Thumbs up if you have a life outside of posting on PFT and watching the NFL. Respond to this post if you are a part of the lamest fan base in sports.

  66. bozosforall says: Oct 6, 2011 5:22 PM

    faulkana says:
    Oct 6, 2011 5:15 PM
    Keep talking little Jets.
    Even if you can rack up 500 yards on the Pats, can you score 40 points?
    You’ll need every one of them.

    __
    The Bills had no problems in that area. With an Ivy League QB who no one wanted.

  67. footballfan80 says: Oct 6, 2011 5:58 PM

    quittsburghstoolers:

    Last year’s back and forth trash talk before the playoff game between the Jets and Pats ended up having a HUGE Impact on the outcome of the game. Bellichick got full of himself and his lust for complete control and decided to bench wes welker (for Rex feet comments) for the 1st offensive series which could possibly been enough to cost them the game. Patriots get 0 points marching down the field with the whole momentum of the game changed the rest of the way with the Harris pick even though the Jets didnt score on that drive.

    All in all, it would be smart for the Jets to talk trash again and get the patriots to put themselves at a huge disadvantage again.

  68. footballfan80 says: Oct 6, 2011 6:00 PM

    nesuperfan:
    Hey dumbo, the Jets defense did not give up 95 points this season. The Jets team gave up 95 points this season. Big difference if you happened to follow football this season and notice the 3 non offensive ravens scores and a cowboys drive starting on the Jets 1 yard line. So actually they have given up more like 57 points, which is pretty dam good for a 4 game period.

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